Mad Catz moves into portable mice with the M.O.U.S. 9 and R.A.T. M

Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2013 - 04:31 PM |
Tagged: R.A.T. M, R.A.T, Mad Catz, M.O.U.S. 9, input, gaming mouse

Mad Catz are famous for their uniquely shaped mice, designed specifically to let you customize the overall shape to make it fit your hand perfectly.  Their new M.O.U.S. 9 is smaller than previous models as it is designed to be easy to carry around with your laptop and as it is capable of tracking on glass it is a very good addition to your portable kit.  The R.A.T. M cannot track on glass but it has adjustable DPI and is more suited for gaming.  Both use Bluetooth to connect, use removable batteries as opposed to a recharging station and cost over $100 to own. Check out Legit Reviews full report here.

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"I have little to complain about using the M.O.U.S. 9. It ergonomically fills and supports the palm and the sliding palm rest significantly adds flexibility to the mouse’s shape. Claw grip users won’t be left out either thanks to the ergonomically flexible R.A.T. shape the M.O.U.S. 9 is built on. No matter how the mouse is held, it’s difficult to access all the side buttons and sometimes the horizontal scroll wheel, but the M.O.U.S. 9 was just too comfortable for me to care. The two side button locations were perfectly placed for each type of mouse grip and the buttons were not too stiff, but not too soft to accidentally press..."

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Can you go too far with a gaming mouse? The Shogun Bros Ballista MK-1 Pro

Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2013 - 06:48 PM |
Tagged: Shogun Brothers Ballista MK-1 Pro, input, gaming mouse

Gaming mice continue to evolve as the market has become saturated, with companies striving to stand out in the crowd but Shogun Brothers may have taken this a bit far.  While having 8200 DPI and 12000 FPS is impressive, being able to set the X and Y sensitivity separately seems excessive.  The ability to save five different profiles for button programming is impressive but when the mouse is capable of displaying the name of that profile you have perhaps reached a new level altogether.  Perhaps the most telling is that the mouse is clearly labelled with a warning not to even attempt to use the mouse without reading the instructions first.  However, if this sounds like the mouse of your dreams, head to eTeknix to see this mouse in action.

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"For the last couple of days I have been spending my evening gaming and putting the Ballista MK-1 gaming mouse from Shogun Bros through its paces. Until a few weeks ago I had never even heard of Shogun Bros and give that the gaming peripheral is somewhat dominated by a few big brands it can be hard for another name to squeeze through. Yet a quick look online has shown that products like the Ballista and other products from Shogun Bros have been getting a lot of attention and a lot of love from both review media and the gaming community, so what is all the fuss about?"

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Source: eTeknix

AZiO's moddable keyboard and ambidextrous mouse

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2013 - 04:06 PM |
Tagged: input, gaming keyboard, gaming mouse, AiZO, L3VETRON GM2000, L3VETRON Mech5, L3VETRON

At a glance, AiZO's L3VETRON Mech5 keyboard has a lot of extras for gamers, with a keypad that can be relocated to the left side of the keyboard as well as a 6 key macro pad which can be attached almost anywhere and be assigned up to 12 functions.  There is also a volume knob and a switch to disable the Windows key for those games which just don't like losing focus.  Unfortunately, while these extras did function reasonably well Overclockers Club thought the overall design felt rather cheap and not what they expected from a keyboard that costs over $100. 

The GM2000 mouse came out a bit better, in part because it costs around $40, but also thanks to the light weight and DPI features.  On the other hand they ran into problems with button response and from other reviews of this mouse they are not the only ones who did.  Still, it is reasonably priced and will get you in the game quickly.

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"Mechanical switches are becoming the typical switch in most gaming or enthusiast builds – at this point just having the mechanical switch isn't enough to warrant such high dollar signs. That is where I feel the L3VETRON Mech5 was a major let down. It reminded me of the toy that looked super in the box until you saved up your money to buy it and find out what crap it actually was. The features of a movable number pad as well as the little Macro keypad do deserve some merit in the overall review. Although I'm not big on using macros the ability to choose to have them is nice while not massively increasing the standard layout of the keyboard. The removable ability and varied placement of the number pad was by far my favorite part of all of the AZiO products today. Just the ability to customize my layout in a LEGO sort of manner was like being a kid all over again – loved it."

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A4Tech might have trouble with mouse aesthetics but not with functionality

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2013 - 07:29 PM |
Tagged: input, gaming mouse, A4Tech, Ultracore3 V7 Gun3, HoleLESS engine

While the name and the bloody hand motif of the A4Tech Ultracore3 V7 Gun3 gaming mouse might be a little questionable there is one thing on this mouse which makes it stand above the competition, the so called HoleLESS engine.  Instead of an open area on the bottom of the mouse for the sensor and laser, there is a tinted covering protecting those components which means you will no longer have to pick hair or gunge out of your mouse.  Benchmark Reviews had no problems whatsoever with interference from the lack of an open hole during their testing and they had a bit of fun bumping mice together during the Q-Shoot tool in the driver.  This mouse comes with an impressive bundle, functions well and costs less than $30 ... not a bad deal at all.

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"Being an enthusiast doesn't necessarily mean pouring an incredible amount of money into a hobby. While going to a web site that sells computer components, sorting by "Highest Price" and just adding everything at the top of the list to your cart will probably result in a fast computer (probably...) I'm not sure if that is what defines an "enthusiast." Sometimes finding those products that ride that price/performance line, getting the absolute most for the money spent - that's where enthusiasm can be found. A4Tech, a company with 25 years of experience with mice and other peripherals, has just released a new line of gaming mice that Benchmark Reviews is going to take a look at today. First up, the A4Tech Ultracore3 V7 Gun3 wired gaming mouse - let's see what A4Tech has in store for gaming enthusiasts..."

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A gauche new mouse for the sinister among us

Subject: General Tech | February 5, 2013 - 02:34 PM |
Tagged: input, zowie, AM Mouse, ambidextrous, gaming mouse

As you can see from the picture the Zowie AM gaming mouse has a simple design, one which allows it to be used by righties and lefties without an issue.  There is a thumb button located on both sides of the mouse, so even with the simple design you don't lose out on the extra functionality you expect from a gaming mouse.  DPI and USB report rates are both modifiable but without bundled software you won't get the same level of control as with other mice. Drop by Red & Blackness Mods for a closer look.

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"We have not reviewed so much from Zowie but today we take a look at the Zowie AM gaming mouse. This reminds me of the Steelseries Sensei and can be used by both left and right handed people since it has no special shapes at all. Enough talk, lets get on with this review!"

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2012; the year of the mouse?

Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2013 - 07:03 PM |
Tagged: gaming mouse, CMStorm, steelseries, roccat, logitech, razer, madcatz

Gaming peripherals were a very large market in 2012, with Cherry switches suddenly becoming a household name and with gamers actually arguing over the best type of switch for keyboards.  That was not the only big change for gaming peripherals as this year has seen many companies make a serious effort to make a name as a provider of gaming mice and established companies adding new features to their existing products.  If you have had trouble deciding which mouse best fits your needs, this roundup at MadShrimps might be of help.  They've included the CMStorm Sentinel Advance II, the Cyborg R.A.T. 7, SteelSeries' Sensei RAW, the Roccat Kone XTD, Razer's Imperator 2012 and the Logitech G300; one of which should suit your gaming needs.

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"In this group test I will focus on a specific feature and gaming goal to reduce the variables as we go on a quest to find some of the best First-Person-Shooter wired mouse out there. To properly gauge the performance of my new gaming rodents I spend several weeks with each to get to know the ins and outs, their features and deliver a good dose of my personal opinions on these mice."

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Source: MadShrimps

CES 2013: Thermaltake Shows Off Volos Mouse With Xbox-Style Side Buttons

Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2013 - 08:17 AM |
Tagged: xbox, volos, thermaltake, gaming mouse, gaming

Peripherals are not usually items that I pay much attention to at CES, but the Volos mouse from Thermaltake managed to pique my interest. The prototype mouse was spotted at the company’s CES booth amidst several new Level 10 GT mice in various colors. 

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The Tech Report spotted the prototype Volos mouse at the Thermaltake booth.

The Volos is a right-handed laser gaming mouse clad in matte gray with glossy black accents. The interesting bit though, lies on the left side the mouse: four colored blue, yellow, red, green Xbox-controller-style buttons and one A and B button. There is a seventh thumb button on the top-left edge of the mouse, two DPI selection buttons in the middle beneath the scroll wheel, and three additional buttons on the right side in reach of your little finger. LMB, RMB, and a white scroll wheel complete the package.

Reportedly, the mouse is not yet ready for retail, but it does suggest some interesting possibilities for gamers. Many modern games available on the PC are ports of console games, and that means that a number of games retain the Xbox controller tool tips and suggested controls. While it is possible to simply plug in an Xbox controller to pay such games, Thermaltake’s Volos mouse opens the door to a possible compromise. PC gamers would be able to keep the mouse look ad precision of their gaming mice while also being able to use Xbox-style button controls. At present, the buttons are likely used for macro activation, but it would be neat to see games auto-detect the other buttons and assign them the Xbox controls like the games do when an actual Xbox controller is recognized.

I think that I would have to actually try it out in person to determine how viable it is as a Xbox controller stand-in (ergonomically), but it at least appears to be a good idea! Tech Report has the full scoop on Thermaltake's new peripherals at CES if you are interested.

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Source: Tech Report

Razer Updates Its DeathAdder Mouse With Better Sensor, Texturized Grips

Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2012 - 10:31 AM |
Tagged: synapse 2.0, razer, mouse, gaming mouse, deathadder

Razer recently announced an update to its DeathAdder gaming mouse. Orginally released in 2006, the company is refining the design with a better sensor, improved grips, and support for its latest Synapse software.

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On the outside, Razer has kept the same right-handed optimized design, but it added rubberized side grips with texture that the company believes will improve grip and control. The internals of the mouse have also been updated as Razer has included an improved 4G infrared sensor. According to Razer, the new sensor is capable of 6400 DPI resolution. Other specifications of the sensor include 200 inches per second and 50G acceleration ratings. The new DeathAdder also supports Razer’s new Synapse 2.0 firmware software which allows cloud syncing of your mouse settings.

Razer USA president Robert Krakoff had the following to say abou the updated design:

"We didn't want to fix anything that wasn't broken," said Robert "RazerGuy" Krakoff, president of Razer USA. "We focused instead on enhancing and optimizing the proven merits of the Razer DeathAdder, utilizing next generation technologies and further ergonomics tweaks to make a perfect gaming mouse even better."

Of course, the DeathAdder features five programmable buttons, Razer’s Ultraslick mouse feet, gold-plated USB connector, and a seven foot braided cable.

Dimensions of the updated DeathAdder are 1.27 mm (L) x 70 mm (W) x 1.73 mm (H). Further, it weighs in at 105 grams or approximately 0.23 pounds.

The new version of the DeathAdder is available now worldwide for $69.99 in the US or €69.99 in the EU.

Source: PR Newswire

Razer's Taipan can strike from the left hand or the right

Subject: General Tech | November 22, 2012 - 06:38 PM |
Tagged: ambidextrous, gaming mouse, razer, taipan, input

The stats on the packaging of the Razer Taipan Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse are impressive, an 8200 DPI 4G dual sensor system, 1000MHz ultra-polling and nine programmable buttons make this a serious gaming mouse but for many it will be the fact that this mouse can be comfortably used with either hand.   Of course since it is symmetrical there is no way to adjust the length, width or height of the mouse as some other companies have been experimenting with.  MadShrimps like the performance of the mouse in office applications as well as gaming but were not as impressed with Razer requiring you to create an account to have access to their software suite and, for some reason, they wanted more LEDs.

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"The new Taipan ambidextrous mouse from Razer weights no more than 132 grams, comes with a high performance 4G Dual Sensor System with 8200DPI and makes use of the Razer Synapse 2.0 software for easy customization of the 9 programmable Hyperesponse buttons."

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Cooler Master's stormy trio of mousing domination

Subject: General Tech | November 1, 2012 - 07:28 PM |
Tagged: SpeedRXL, Skorpion, input, gaming mouse, cooler master, CMStorm Recon

While it might not instantly make you a better gamer, these three products from Cooler Master probably won't hurt your performance.  The CMStorm Recon is an ambidextrous gaming mouse with DPI ranging from 800 to 4000 and sports integrated memory allowing you up to 5 profiles and 36 macros; you also get colour changing LEDs.  The Speed RXL is a felt mouse mat of 45 x 35cm (17.8 x 13.7") and 5mm thick so you will get a lot of mousing space as long as your desk is big enough.  Last is the Skorpion which is perfect for anyone who has lost a deathmatch because their mouse tail got in the way.  It's tripod like shape and arching tail should keep that mouse cord from interfering with your fragging ... assuming that is actually a thing.  Check out Neoseeker for more on all three Storm products.

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"Today we're bringing you a review of three CMSTORM gaming products for PC gamers. The centerpiece of our trio is the CMSTORM Recon mouse featuring grip-coated body that fits both left- and right-handers, a high-performance Avago sensor, onboard memory and customizable LEDs for the (relatively) low price of $40. Complementing the performance mouse is the Speed RXL performance mouse pad made of felt, and the Skorpion mouse bungee designed to help keep that mouse cord clutter under control. Plus, it looks like an abstract representation of a scorpion. Our review focuses on the performance of the CMSTORM Recon, but we do use all three products together to see what sort of experience Cooler Master hopes to deliver for gamers looking to upgrade their mice."

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Source: Neoseeker